How can goal setting benefit you?

There are thousands of goal setting blogs, so how is mine going to be any different? Goal setting has allowed me to achieve success. I’m not talking world domination, but day to day accomplishments.

It is a technique that I have flirted with throughout my adult life. Even if I haven’t written it down, in my mind I’m always working towards something. Whether it is working my way up to using heavier weights in the gym or learning new skills to enhance my career.

Goal setting during COVID-19 has become a daily norm. Without work to concentrate on, spending most of the day on my own (with the other half out to work), I could go a whole day without getting anything done. It was like I was sleepwalking through the day. In fact, I had no idea what day of the week it was most of the time.

I started setting daily goals. Sometimes these are more of a to-do list of mundane things like workout or clean the kitchen, but it stopped me putting them off. Some of the more significant tasks have been to build pages on my website, photography workshops or creative writing tasks. At the end of each day, I feel like I have achieved something. I was told the following for daily goal setting steps:

  1. Keep it short (maximum 4-5 daily goals)
  2. Write them out the night before
  3. Allow time for extra work, or allow for free time (don’t schedule your entire day)
  4. Use whatever tool you’re most comfortable with
  5. Set up a distraction-free environment

Goal Setting Diary

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Overall, I love the quality of it – from the faux leather cover to thick paper pages. It is un-dated, so if you do have a day off from goal setting, you don’t have to have blank pages throughout the book. It also has tips for a morning and evening goal setting routine, gratitude and affirmations, and thoughtful quotes on each page. Best of all, it’s handbag size.

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” Stephen King

What’s goal setting?

When we think of goals, they’re usually the big, audacious, life-changing ones. Such as getting that promotion, launching your company, or penning a best-seller. Effective goal setting isn’t about the end result, but about learning to be better every single day.

The easiest way to reach your big goals is to break them down into smaller chunks. Not only does this turn massive, scary, overachieving goals into manageable and exciting tasks, but it allows you to see progress, build your momentum, and fight procrastination.

How can goal setting help you?

Setting goals gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation. It focuses your mind and helps you to organise your time and your resources so that you can make the most of your life.

By setting clearly defined goals, you can measure and take pride in the achievement of those goals. Initially, it may seem like a pointless task, but you’ll soon get the satisfaction in achieving the goals you’ve set. 

How goal setting can influence motivation?

When you set goals for yourself, it is essential that they motivate you: this means making sure that they are important to you, and that there is value in achieving them. If you have little interest in the outcome, or they are irrelevant given the larger picture, then the chances of you putting in the work to make them happen are slim. Motivation is the key to achieving goals.

What are goal setting techniques?

The most common goal-setting technique you will find talked about is SMART. This is when you set Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timely goals. Each SMART goal you create should have these five characteristics to ensure the target can be reached and benefit you.

You could also set goals in writing. The physical act of writing down a goal makes it real and tangible. You will have no excuse for forgetting about it. As you write, use positive words such as “will” instead of “would like to” or “might”.

You could also put your goals in visible places to remind yourself, such as a wall, desk, computer screen, bathroom mirror or on the fridge as a constant reminder. 

The step that is missed often is making an action plan. Especially with long term goals. You get so focused on the new outcome that you forget to plan all the steps that are needed along the way. By writing individual actions, and crossing them off as you complete it, will help you achieve your ultimate goal.

Stick with goal setting

Goal setting is an ongoing activity, not just a means to an end. Build-in reminders to keep yourself on track, and make regular time-slots available to review your goals. Your end destination may remain quite similar over the long term. Still, the action plan you set for yourself along the way can change significantly. 

Want to learn more?

There’s a couple of books that I have read that may help. Goal Setting Is a Skill in Itself or 15 Goal Setting Tips: Goal Setting Workbook For Personal Success And Goal Achievement. Both are free on Amazon if you have Kindle Unlimited..

What are your goal setting techniques?

I’d love to know your process for achieving your goals. Please feel free to get in touch, or leave a comment?

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3 thoughts on “How can goal setting benefit you?

      1. In my case the many times i try to go according to my plan, my team mates or close family members get me wrong, simply because they do not have plans to follow or maybe because their plans cannot sync with mine, and that is the challenge i face.

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